The 2021 Best of Sensors Award Winners Announced During Questex’s Sensors Converge

Honors the Best in Sensor Technologies and the Sensor Ecosystem, People and Companies

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This morning, Questex’s Sensors Converge and Fierce Electronics announced the winners of the Best of Sensors Awards 2021, which honor the best in sensor technologies and the sensor ecosystem, people and companies.

“After reviewing all of the Best of Sensors award submissions, it is clear that the sensors industry continues to thrive with new, innovative solutions,” said Charlene Soucy, Senior Director, Sensors Converge. “The goal of our program is to honor and promote wide recognition of the industry’s most transformative technologies and teams. Congratulations to this year’s award winners.”

The awards program was created to spotlight the year’s best innovations, technologies, teams and individuals in the sensors industry.

The 2021 Innovative Product of the Year Award winners 

AI & MACHINE LEARNING: Novelda AS – The NOVELDA Human Presence Sensor

AUTOMOTIVE/AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGIES: Reality AI – Automotive SWS

CHEMICAL & GAS SENSORS: Sensirion AG – SEN5x Environmental Node

COVID-19: Powercast – Wirelessly-Powered RFID Temperature Scanning System

DATA ACQUISITION & ANALYTICS: Kaman Precision Products – AMS-3946 Non-Contact High Precision Proximity Measuring System

EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGY: Socionext America – SC123x Series All-in-One 24GHz Radio-Controlled FMCW Radar Sensors

INDUSTRIAL IOT: Rockwell Automation – FactoryTalk Edge Gateway

INDUSTRIAL SENSORS: STMicroelectronics – IIS2ICLX

IOT & WIRELESS: InvenSense, a TDK Group Company – TDK SmartBug

MEDICAL: OmniVision Technologies – OH0TA OVMed® Medical Image Sensor

MEMS: Blickfeld GmbH – Blickfeld Cube 1

OPTICAL & CAMERAS: Jabil – Jabil Omnidirectional Sensor

WEARABLES: TracPatch Health – TracPatch Knee

Additional Best of Sensors Award winners

STARTUP OF THE YEAR: Lumotive

WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Dr. Milena Vujosevic, InvenSense, a TDK Company

Submissions were judged based on the value to the marketplace, the impact of the problems it solves or issues it addresses and the uniqueness of the design. The judges for the Best of Sensors awards were Jack Gold, J. Gold Associates, LLC; Roger Grace, Roger Grace Associates; Matt Hamblen, Fierce Electronics; Catherine Liao, Blumio; and Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox.

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About Sensors Converge
For 36 years Sensors Expo & Conference has brought together the design engineering community to network, share ideas, and define the future roadmap for the sensors industry. In 2021, we’re excited to curate a live, in-person experience called Sensors Converge, where the industry can come together, safely, to collaborate and conduct business. Sensors Converge is part of the Fierce Technology Group, a division of Questex, which also produces the Best of Sensors Awards, Fierce Sensors, and daily content and newsletters on Fierce Electronics at www.fierceelectronics.com.

About Questex
Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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Questex Announces Pandora as the Official Music Partner for Digital Pharma East and the 2021 Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards

The Happy Fits to play a special concert honoring the Awards finalists

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Questex announces that Pandora has signed on as the Official Music Partner for the upcoming Digital Pharma East and Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards events. Digital Pharma East, the premier marketing event for life sciences, will gather the pharma marketing community in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia September 28–30, 2021. The 2021 Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards will take place in conjunction with Digital Pharma East and winners will be revealed at a gala dinner on September 29.

As the Official Music Partner, Pandora will provide a variety of experiences for attendees at the events, culminating in a special performance from The Happy Fits on the evening of September 29. In addition, Pandora will provide curated music experiences through the events and will be the official sponsor of the Cocktail Reception on September 29. Digital Pharma East attendees will also be able to enjoy Pandora Sound Experience pods on the exhibit floor.

“We’re excited to partner once again with Pandora. Research has shown that music has an impact on one’s health and well-being, which is a top priority for the life sciences industry,” commented Jennifer Woods, Vice President, Fierce Life Sciences Events. “We are thrilled that The Happy Fits will perform a special concert to help us celebrate the most innovative people and companies in our industry. We look forward to reuniting the life sciences community in-person later this month.”

Across three days, Digital Pharma East will provide a cross section of strategies and best practices broadly used by marketing and commercial teams at big pharma and biotech companies. The Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pharma marketing and advertising community.

Hundreds of attendees are signed up for the in-person experience, including representatives from AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda and more.

To attend the Digital Pharma East conference and the Awards dinner, click here.

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Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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Questex Content Recognized for Editorial Excellence by the Folio Eddie Award Program

Live Design, Luxury Travel Advisor, Fierce Pharma and Fierce Biotech are Finalists in Six Categories

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex, a leading information services company, today announces that its content has been recognized for editorial excellence from the 2021 Folio Eddie award program, the most inclusive recognition program in the publishing community celebrating editorial excellence.

“Questex lives in the experience economy bringing people together in the markets that help them live better and live longer and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences in fast growing markets,” said Paul Miller, CEO, Questex. “With a deep understanding of each of the industries we serve, our content helps our audiences find the information they need to help them make smart decisions and grow their businesses. It is an honor to be recognized for content excellence. We are exceptionally proud of our content teams at Fierce Pharma, Fierce Biotech, Live Design and Luxury Travel Advisor on being named Folio Eddie award finalists.”

Questex’s finalists include:

B2B Healthcare/Medical Single Article: Fierce Pharma’s The 22 most influential people in the fight against COVID 
B2B Healthcare/Medical Series: Fierce Pharma’s Targeted cancer drugs series 
B2B Analysis: Fierce Biotech’s How a protein ‘Polaroid’ led Amgen to finally crack the ‘Achilles heel tumor’ 
B2B Planned or On Location Coverage: ESMO coverage from Fierce Biotech and Fierce Pharma 
B2B Technology Series of Articles: Live Design’s online coverage of the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show 2021

B2B Profile or Q&A: Luxury Travel Advisor’s Kareem George: Personal Connections are key for Culture Traveler’s Growth Plans 

Folio Eddie award winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 14 in New York City.

About Questex
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A Pivotal Moment in the Global Sensors and Electronics Community, Sensors Converge Returns to an In-Person Event September 21-23, 2021 in San Jose, California

In-Person and Virtual Content and Engagement Available for the Industry to Network, Discover Technologies, Share Ideas and Define the Future Roadmap

NEW YORK, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This month, the global engineering community will come together at Questex’s Sensors Converge September 21-23, 2021 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California to network, discover technologies, share ideas and define the future roadmap for the industry registrations. Register here.

Charlene Soucy, Senior Director, Sensors Converge said, “We have received an overwhelming positive response from the design engineering community about uniting at Sensors Converge. After a long interruption due to the pandemic, both engineers and exhibitors are ready to network, learn and share ideas in-person. And for those unable to attend in-person, we have created a free Virtual Pass for the engineers to get the content they need and reconnect digitally.”

Sensors Converge offers a dynamic educational experience comprised of technical sessions and tutorials conducted by subject matter experts and speakers with practical experience. Featuring engineers sharing real stories and technology applications, the program will cover tracks including Embedded Technology, Autonomous Technologies, Industrial & Environmental Sensing, Intelligent Sensing, IoT & Wireless, 5G, Energy Harvesting, Interoperability, COVID-19 Technologies, IIoT, MedTech, and Smart Buildings & Cities. The full event schedule can be viewed here.

Sensors Converge Highlights

The Expo Hall will showcase nearly 200 exhibitors demonstrating “hot” and cutting-edge technologies across 60 categories including: Internet of Things, Wireless, Automation, Automotive, Medical, Pressure, Position, and Wearables. Over 40 of the exhibitors are new to Sensors Converge.

100+ speakers from NASA JPL, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 219 Design, PARC, Whirlpool, John Deere, Peloton Interactive will take the stage.

Women in Sensors and Electronics panel will focus on diversity and inclusion and include speakers from Peloton Interactive, Root Ventures, Maxim Integrated, and Edge Analytics.

The Chip Shortage panel on the Converge Main Stage will feature experts discussing the seemingly never-ending chip shortage that is hurting more than just car production.

Interactive Tech Zones & Demos on the expo floor offers an exclusive focus on Sensors, Autonomous & Automotive, Embedded, IoT & Wireless, MEMS, and Emerging Technologies, as well as demos of new and innovative products.
Attendees will see some of the newest and never before seen touchless tech on display in the

Theater of Touchless Technology, including temperature scans, robots, gesture displays and more.

The Converge Main Stage both allow attendees to see sensing technologies in action – both in person and virtually. Plus, Fierce Electronics Editor, Matt Hamblen, will be keeping us up-to-date on the latest happenings via interviews at the News Desk.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Dev Kit and other cool tech giveaways on the Sensors Converge Main Stage. Avnet, PowerFilm, Infineon, and other exhibitors will be participating.

The Career Connection, sponsored by Randstad, is the central meeting spot to advance the careers of sensors and electronics professionals.

The Smart Sensor Challenge from PICMG allows attendees to bring a live analog sensor to PICMG’s stations to make the sensor smart.

In-Person Networking allows attendees to catch up with colleagues and make new contacts through networking opportunities, including roundtables, outdoor lunches, meetups and more. Combine In-Person Networking and the Meetup Lounge for a dedicated area on the Expo Floor where peers and colleagues reconnect to discuss similar interests and design engineering trends. The attendee matchmaking via the event mobile app, Brella, allows attendees to select their networking topics and connect with other attendees that have similar interests.

“In the last few months all kinds of communication devices, enabled by sensors, have been instrumental to keep us connected. Nevertheless, we have missed the face-to-face interaction with customers and prospects. We are therefore excited to finally again contribute to in-person events, presenting our newest sensing solutions in the areas of AIoT and wearables at Sensors Converge,” said Marcellino Gemelli, Sr. Director of Global Business Development, Bosch Sensortec.

“Analog Devices is thrilled to be back in-person with the sensors and electronics community at Sensors Expo 2021! The diverse group of engineers that this event brings together is truly special – as the best minds from many different focus areas come together to share ideas, best practices and network to pave the way for the future trends impacting our industry,” added Carrie Diforio, Global Events Manager, Analog Devices.

Sensors Converge offers two registration options to attend in-person, the All-Access Pass provides access to the entire event and the Expo Hall Pass offers access to the Expo Hall only. Virtual Passes are free. For more information, visit: https://www.sensorsexpo.com/register.

For exhibit or sponsorship opportunities, click here. Multiple opportunities are available to maximize reach with a high-impact hybrid sponsorship.

To apply for press registration, click here.

Sensors Converge is Committed to Keeping the Design Engineering Community Safe
Safety measures will be in place to ensure a healthy and safe visit to Sensors Converge including mandatory masks and required vaccinations. With 100+ in-person events globally, Questex is monitoring data daily by country, state, local government and venue, and incorporating CDC and WHO guidelines on vaccines, testing and protocols to achieve the best safety results.

The San Jose city council requires all attendees and staff to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter any event of 50 or more people at city facilities, including the San Jose Convention Center. Questex will be following this new guidance for Sensors Converge 2021. Participants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination before the event starts. Per the new regulation, Questex will not be accepting negative tests as proof of entry.  

For additional information on the health and safety protocols, click here.

Stay connected with Sensors Converge on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Sensors Converge
For 36 years Sensors Expo & Conference has brought together the design engineering community to network, share ideas, and define the future roadmap for the sensors industry. In 2021, we’re excited to curate a live, in-person experience called Sensors Converge, where the industry can come together, safely, to collaborate and conduct business. Sensors Converge is part of the Fierce Technology Group, a division of Questex, which also produces the Best of Sensors Awards, Fierce Sensors, and daily content and newsletters on Fierce Electronics at www.fierceelectronics.com.

About Questex
Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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Questex’s International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) successfully reconnects global leaders in the hospitality investment and development sector – for the first time in over 18 months

BERLIN, Sept. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Over 1,200 senior leaders from the global hotel community gathered at Questex’s International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) between 1-3 September at the InterContinental, Berlin, to broker deals, launch new brands, network and discuss the trends impacting the hotel industry. Importantly, meeting in person after an 18-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IHIF demonstrated that the industry can set the example for the world to travel and convene — confidently and safely.

In its 23-year history, IHIF has always been where the vanguard of the global hotel community comes together. And, this year, the forum’s role as the place where the sector congregates carried heightened meaning – as industry experts assembled to discuss how best to address both the challenges and the opportunities that have come out of the pandemic. Over 180 industry-expert speakers took to the stage over the three-day event, including; Tony Capuano, CEO, Marriott InternationalDillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotel GroupChristopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton, Christopher Norton, CEO, Equinox Hotels, David Kong, CEO, BWH Hotel Group, Federico J González, CEO, Radisson Hotel GroupHubert Viriot, CEO, YotelPatrick Pacious, President & CEO, Choice Hotels International and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor. The full speaker lineup can be viewed here.

The programme featured a new focus on a few pertinent matters: sustainability, health and safety, and hybridisation.

Sustainability, a major initiative across many industries, is of particular importance to the hospitality sector as it looks to the future. As well as being refenced in nearly half of all presentations, IHIF’s programme also placed the issue front and centre, with four dedicated sessions, an invitation-only council meeting and a partnership with Water Aid, a charity dedicated to providing access to clean water worldwide.

And, with health & safety an ongoing consideration, the event was run fully masked and fully vaccinated, ensuring extra precaution for all attendees and staff. For those who could not travel due to current restrictions, the event also featured a hybrid approach allowing a virtual audience of over 100 participants to join globally at their own pace.

Paul Miller, CEO, Questex, captured the mood of attendees by stating that “hospitality is the core of the experience economy,” and that much opportunity has come from the pandemic.

It was a sentiment endorsed by Tony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, as he kicked off the event by setting out that, what has kept the industry alive over the course of the past 18 months, has been its people. “The most admirable thing about the pandemic is the way brands, owners and franchisees have come together to navigate the crisis,” he said.

When asked how Marriott has stayed afloat, the answer, according to Capuano, was simple: its 31st brand – or its Bonvoy loyalty programme – which facilitated on-going customer engagement during a difficult time.

Shifting gears to provide an economic overview, Linda Yueh, Professor, Oxford University, shared positive data from the World Economic Outlook. This forecasts a 6% growth rate, albeit starting from a lower base, with recovery to pre-pandemic levels likely to be in 2023. She finished by setting out that the key to recovery, again, lies in people, commenting: If we can maintain employment, which is a clear challenge globally, we can avoid hysteresis.

Robin Rossmann, Managing Director, STR then shared that, so far in 2021, more new hotel rooms have reopened in Europe than in all of 2020. There is growing confidence in the market, and according to Carine Bonnejean, Managing Director, Hotels, Christie & Co., transactional volume in Europe will end the year above 2020 levels. There is also a clear rise in cross-border investment, with 70% coming from Europe and an increase in activity from the US, mainly in the distressed asset area.

According to BNP Paribas’ H1 2021 hotel investment market results, transaction volumes have been on a steady rise, with attractive pricing.

Another common theme derived from the event is the projected spearhead in recovery and transaction-driver: leisure. Henri Giscard D’Estaing, President, Club Med shared that Club Med has seen double-digit growth in its average daily rate (ADR) following the pandemic, due to three reasons: safety, customer service, and an environmental focus.

Marcus Bernhardt, CEO, Deutsche Hospitality commented: “What we saw after the financial crisis is the leisure customer is the first to get out,” further sharing that around 20% of the hotel group’s properties are leisure focused and there are plans to grow this proportion as the world starts to travel again.

Michael Grove, COO, Hot Stats, shared that, while we know the blow felt by extended stay and limited-service was cushioned, luxury hotels are coming out of the dust quite rapidly; something that is crucial to the industry as leisure travellers continue to pay up for the experiences they have missed out on over the past year.

As growth continues in the leisure sector, IHG Hotels & Resorts, the property host and long-time patron of IHIF, has just announced its new Vignette Collection™, a luxury and lifestyle collection brand for the leisure and business traveller. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts also announced its new Registry Collection Hotels in Georgia right in the heart of Tbilisi.

While leisure continues to energise the sector, there is still much to be learned from the recent shifts in customer demands. Christopher Norton, CEO, Equinox Hotels identified what he thinks needs improving: “The challenge for the traditional luxury brand is they’ve got to be more innovative and, the lifestyle brands have to offer better service,” he said. The only way to get it right is to swap ideas between the two concepts.

Another opportunity for leisure hospitality investment, according to Henri Wilmes, CIO, LRO Hospitality, is the need to accommodate the newly blurred lines between work life and personal life. Should a guest need to work from their luxury holiday, the resort should be fully equipped with proper workspaces.

In the “Talk of the Titans – Sharing Visions for Future Success” session, Christopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton, made a great point that while leisure is leading in terms of Covid-19 recovery, it is actually domestic travel that has kept many brands afloat. “Business that was 95% domestic is now 99% or nearly 100%,” said Nassetta. “In the US specifically…we have the highest RevPARs we’ve ever had – higher than the peaks in 2019.”

While the company is performing very well in the US, it is also set for growth in Europe, leading with a plan to continue German expansion with a conversion in Invesco’s Heidelberg hotel, which is set to welcome guests in summer of 2022.

A shared sentiment on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies was the focus of our investor panel as Will Duffey, Managing Director, JLL, Cody Bradshaw, MD, Head of International Hotels, Starwood Capital Group, Dominic Seyrling, Director, Investments, Archer Hotel Capital, Brian Kaufman, Managing Director, Blackstone, and Benjamin Habbel, CEO & Founding Partner, Limestone participated in a discussion of what’s keeping them busy at the moment.

Brian Kaufman said: “One thing to keep in mind is ESG initiatives aren’t just necessarily costs, there’s real ROI opportunity that comes from investing in ESG, whether it’s water reduction, energy efficiency implementation, we as a firm have an emissions reduction target that we’re very focused on across all sectors across all assets.”

The global CEO panel jumped straight into the opportunities created by the pandemic, including using the time as an opportunity to hit the refresh button. That has certainly been the case for BWH Hotel Group, who took advantage of the lockdown to rebrand some of its hotels. David Kong, President & CEO, BWH Hotel Group, gave the example of a Best Western property in Austin, Texas, which was repositioned within the trendier boutique division, Aiden to capitalise on Aiden’s 30% to 40% increase in average rates. The group has also announced 20 new hotels with more than 2,000 rooms in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Choice Hotels International recently announced its repositioning of Choice Hotels Europe to Choice Hotels EMEA as it continues its master license agreement with Seera Hospitality, with ten new hotels planned to open within the next five years. Patrick Pacious, President & CEO, Choice Hotels International, commented on another trending topic; serviced apartments, by sharing his belief that this trend has become a permanent shift due to increasing lengths of stay.

Serviced apartments, along with co-living, co-working, senior living and other alternative asset discussions were also had simultaneously at Adjacent Spaces on Thursday 2 September. A defining theme coming out of Adjacent Spaces was that while alternative investments have always offered great opportunity, the pandemic has shown just how lucrative these segments can be. Miriam Barnhart, Product Manager, Sustainability and Experiences, POHA House, explained that while adjacent concept investment may be a newer trend, it is also a stable one. Barnhart said that these creative spaces offer a sense of community and belonging, while also making the guest feel safe.

A pioneer in “soulful travel,” edyn, recently announced their expansion of its serviced apartment brand Cove into Europe with an acquisition of The Hague. The company also secured a £195m multi-asset debt facility with Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and KSL Capital Partners to support further European expansion.

Another pandemic-related subject covered at Adjacent Spaces was the ongoing migration of people from city-centre to suburban locations. The shared need here is a continued desire to work remotely but in a more social environment. Enter the hybrid model.

In our lifestyle panel, Naomi Heaton, Co-owner and CEO, The Other House, explained that hybrid models allow “for the best of both worlds” from a profitability perspective, in that long-term income is sustained through residential guests staying longer, while additional ADR gains are made through short-term transient bookings.

Village Hotels plan to capitalise on this hybrid approach in their latest conversion of the former Hilton Bracknell this December. Guests can stay, workout, meet and play all under one roof.

During a candid one-to-one conversation between Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor, and Jonathan Langston, Chair, IHIF Advisory Board about “rethinking hospitality”, Bazin shared what he had learned over the last 18 months: “Humbleness. Being at the helm I did not control much.” He elaborated that among the chaos, he found himself enjoying seeing new leaders emerge from within Accor and learning to give control to those on the ground.

A key mission for Accor was setting up a relief fund, as Bazin knew the majority of his staff would not benefit from government support schemes simply due to their location. They launched a $200 million hardship fund which was made accessible to 290,000 employees, many of whom took advantage of the scheme – with the average award being $400.

Bazin closed with some sage advice on leading through a pandemic: make decisions from the gut, then the heart, then the brain.

Looking ahead, IHIF 2022 is set for 3-5 May 2022 at The InterContinental Berlin. Visit www.ihif.com for more information as registration will open in the coming weeks.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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